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Gateway to Forever: A Novel Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Claude Nougat, a poet, painter and economist (Columbia graduate), is an award-winning author in Italy (recipient of three awards, including the Premio Mediterraneo, 1991, the Premio del Consiglio and the Vanvitelli). She is a contributor to various online publications, including Publishing Perspectives and Impakter, and maintains a high traffic blog under the name Claude Nougat. She is present on all major social media networks and Goodreads where she founded the Boomer Lit group.

So far Claude has published several books of fiction, notably "Crimson Clouds", a Boomer Lit novel that was well-received in America. She also publishes non-fiction under the name Claude Forthomme, mainly articles and essays on social issues.

She is married and lives in Italy.


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  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499723016
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KPF2JO0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nougat is a pen name for Claude Forthomme, a journalist and economist who has worked 25 years for the United Nations. She has written fiction all her life and was first published in Italy in 1990. She has followed up on that first publication (an award-winning children's book) with a historical romance, also published in Italy and highly praised in the press. Since 2011, her books, spanning several genres from a YA trilogy to speculative fiction, are available on Amazon.

She is Senior Editor at Impakter magazine.

The photos on this page are a medley: a self-portrait, the portrait of Alice, the protagonist of "Gateway to Forever"; the cover of "Un Amore Dimenticato", a romance published in Italy; the Sicilian setting of "Luna Rising", a YA trilogy.

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Sometimes you arrive at a book where you glance up from the page and look around to check out what your actual reality is. This is such a book. Yes - it is a story of greed, selfishness, love, sex, ambition, goodness et al. It is all the things that we are. What is different is that it is just a little closer to the horizon of future than us right now. But - not so far that we are disconnected. I felt that I was in the back carriage of a speeding train. If I chose I could just walk along the corridor and be there. Why bother, we're all going to the same place? The premise is of a world divided into a fabulously rich elite class of ever beautiful people and the rest - the merely mortal poor majority. Does this sound familiar guys? Yes - this is our train. We are on it. Our world is choking itself with its industrial pollution. Well - what else makes the wealth? The narrative follows a number of characters as the elite seek ways to use their wealth to cheat the reaper's scythe. This story makes a thumping good read as if it were a detective tale or a romance. Beyond this framework of human foible lurks the cold interrogator of reason. What is the morality of wealth? What is the nature of time, individualized consciousness and the universe? The clever thing in this book is that the author offers no didactic guide. She shrugs because this is how it is. You decide. In the story the elite are remarkably shallow. Those beneath them are of little account. In their blisstopian bubble their own desires and ambitions are paramount. They represent a class of man one can only think of as an hereditary meritocracy. Who needs Kant when you have golf?
This is a stimulating book that can be addressed on many levels.
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If you're a boomer and this book doesn't send a chill up your spine, you'd better check your pulse. I don't want to give too much away because "Gateway To Forever" is filled with surprising twists and turns. It's no spoiler to say that the story takes place about 200 years in the future. Unlike so many stories set in the future, Ms. Nougat creates a very plausible future. Too plausible. Scarily plausible. At first we are envious of Emma, the protagonist, until she is suddenly confronted with her own mortality in much the same way a speeding out of control race car is confronted with a concrete wall. And she takes the reader right along with her. The story moves at a breathtaking pace. As a reader, when I pick up a new book, I want to feel like a mail sack on a railway platform waiting for a speeding train to snatch me away to a new destination. That's just what Claude Nougat does with this first in a series of three "Forever Young" books. Thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
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Some time ago I read Nougat’s short story compilation 'Death on Facebook, Short Stories for the Digital Age' and was impressed with the range of stories and the skill with which they were presented. One that caught my imagination was 'I will not leave you behind', the futuristic story of a 122 year old woman who is part of an elite program that keeps you young until you die.

In GATEWAY TO FOREVER Nougat has taken that short story and woven its premise into a novel I enjoyed reading very much.

The over-arching theme is the approaching doom of Earth from climate change. The story is set 200 years into the future and what becomes apparent very quickly is that humankind never did learn the lessons of what it would take to save the planet. Everyone, including big business, is still only concerned with the present and what they can get out of it for themselves. People are still divided into the have’s and have not’s, only now the have’s—called the OnePercenters—can afford to have old-age and illness permanently eliminated right up until death, whereas the have not’s—the 99PerCenters—continue to struggle as we struggle in this day and age.
The story and struggle is told through three characters who all aspire to be a OnePercenter, highlighting the fact that even in Earth’s extremis we’re still only concerned with what advantages we can garner for ourselves.

You can come away from reading this story feeling a great despair for where we’re heading. The alternatives that the author presents, that of leaving Earth to inhabit a new planet and starting again, or remaining and hoping Earth regenerates itself, are stark contrasts.

A thought-provoking, confronting read.
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Some time ago I read Nougat’s short story compilation Death on Facebook, Short Stories for the Digital Age and was impressed with the range of stories and the skill with which they were presented. One that caught my imagination was I will not leave you behind, the futuristic story of a 122 year old woman who is part of an elite program that keeps you young until you die. In FOREVER YOUNG Nougat has taken that short story and woven its premise into a four-part series of short novels I enjoyed reading very much.
The over-arching theme is the approaching doom of Earth from climate change. The story is set 200 years into the future and what becomes apparent very quickly is that humankind never did learn the lessons of what it would take to save the planet. Everyone, including big business, is still only concerned with the present and what they can get out of it for themselves. People are still divided into the have’s and have not’s, only now the have’s—called the OnePercenters—can afford to have old-age and illness permanently eliminated right up until death, whereas the have not’s—the 99PerCenters—continue to struggle as we struggle in this day and age.
The story and struggle is told through three characters who all aspire to be a OnePercenter, highlighting the fact that even in Earth’s extremis we’re still only concerned with what advantages we can garner for ourselves.
You can come away from reading this series feeling a great despair for where we’re heading. The alternatives that the author presents, that of leaving Earth to inhabit a new planet and starting again, or remaining and hoping Earth regenerates itself, are stark contrasts.
A thought-provoking, confronting read.
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